Apprentice of the Month: Steven Pearson, FanDuel

High school pupil Steven Pearson is the envy of his classmates after securing a Foundation Apprenticeship at sports-tech entertainment company, FanDuel.

The 16-year old from Tollcross, chose to take a Foundation Apprenticeship in IT Software Development with City of Glasgow College as a fifth year subject, to help fast track his career. 

Steven says: “I was planning to leave school at the end of fifth year and take IT at College but, after hearing about Foundation Apprenticeships during school assembly, I knew it was worth applying.

“With a Foundation Apprenticeship, I can get a qualification and work experience while staying on at school to take other subjects too.”

In his first year of the Foundation Apprenticeship, Steven attended college one day a week and gained a range of IT skills, and now travels to the city centre once a week to be shown the ropes at FanDuel.  

The Bannerman High School pupil says: “In year one, I got the chance to try software development, website development and develop an app for new college students. 

“At FanDuel I’ve experienced different areas of the business. I’ve worked with the business team, recruitment team and gained experience in cyber-security, which included the company setting up a fake server that I had to try to hack into.” 

FanDuel Talent Business Partner, Emma Corstorphine, says: “FanDuel Group is passionate about inspiring the next generation into the Technology Sector. It has been a fantastic opportunity to work with Steven and Skills Development Scotland on the Foundation Level Apprenticeship Programme and we look forward to seeing both grow from strength to strength.”

Since taking on his apprenticeship, Steven’s school friends have noticed how much he’s enjoying the experience and all the benefits it brings, and they now want to get involved. 

Steven says: “My school has also started to offer one year Foundation Apprenticeships in sixth year and lots of my friends decided to choose one. It’s good to be able to experience a college and a work environment, which are both completely different to school.

“It has really helped me become more confident, because I have to deal with different types of people in business. I am given more responsibility and a lot more freedom to get on with my work.”